Picture A Healthier World (PAHW) is a growing, global community of artists with a shared belief in our limitless capacity to change the world through art. Our platform, relaunched in 2018, offers artists a way to raise money for good causes, and it engages art lovers in a new way of giving - by purchasing art that they love. Photographers are invited to contribute photographs to the project, and net profits from sales support global health and human rights initiatives.
Our gallery is curated by a team of Advisors with diverse backgrounds in the visual arts. Our photographs reflect a celebration of our world and the diversity of beauty it holds in its colorful and vast array of landscapes, cultures, communities and individuals. Photographs in our gallery were taken in over 30 countries across the globe, often by individuals originally from or currently living in those countries. Once a photograph is contributed and posted to the site, we hustle to turn your art contributions into meaningful global health services.
The project is about spreading love within our global family. Each sale represents a shared effort by the artist, the shopper and the organization we are supporting (ex. UNICEF, Pathfinder International and FXB are among past recipients of funds) to bring needed health and human rights services to communities. In times of crisis, organizations on occasion organize art auctions to raise funds for aid. Yet funding is needed today and every day. Currently, profits support the following initiatives led by UNICEF (read more on our FAQs page):*
Every day, 29,000 children under the age of five die. A lack of safe water and sanitation, as well as malnutrition, contribute to half of these deaths. Drinking dirty water kills — waterborne diseases like dysentery, cholera and typhoid ravage families, and children are the most vulnerable. By selecting “Water Purification Tablets” when you add an item to your cart, all net profits from your purchase will support UNICEF's clean water efforts. Profits will provide enough tablets to purify up to 15,686 gallons of water to stop the spread of water-borne diseases. These tablets purify deadly, polluted water and make it safe enough for a child to drink. Click here for more information.
Each year, there are over 200 million cases of malaria, and an estimated 429,000 deaths. Children under age five are particularly susceptible to infection, illness and death. Yet malaria, which is caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected mosquitoes, can be prevented by sleeping under insecticide-treated nets, residual spraying and administering anti-malarial drugs. By selecting "Malaria Prevention Pills" when you add an item to your cart, all net profits from your purchase will support UNICEF's malaria prevention work. Up to 896 tablets of anti-malarial drugs will be administered to children in malaria-prone communities. Click here for more information.
Art for adolescents who have experienced trauma
Too many children lose their homes, schools and loved ones every day as a result of conflict and emergency. Guided activities focused on art, cultural traditions, problem solving, experimentation and innovation promote psychological healing to help adolescents overcome trauma. By selecting “Arts Programming” when you add an item to your cart, all net profits from your purchase will support UNICEF's art therapy programs. You will reach up to 20 adolescents ages 10-17 affected by conflict around the world with the art supplies and support they need to use art to heal. Click here for more information.
The project was founded by Whitney Welshimer, MPH, a photographer and social service worker living in Brooklyn, New York, United States. The project fuses Whitney’s deep commitment to public health with her interest in the intersection of photography and social justice. Whitney was a staff photographer for her college newspaper (The Harvard Crimson) and has since been a student of photography at institutions including the School of Visual Arts (SVA) and the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City. She has worked for public health organizations such as the International Women's Health Coalition (IWHC), amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, the Positive Women's Network of Rajasthan in India and the Population Council in Kenya. Whitney has contributed to PAHW photographs from her New York City subway series. For more information on Whitney, please visit her LensCulture profile.
*Please note that UNICEF is not a supporter of or affiliated with the Picture A Healthier World project. UNICEF has been selected by Picture A Healthier World to receive proceeds from purchases made on the Picture A Healthier World website through 2018. Past recipients of funds have included Pathfinder International, FXB, Shanti Bhavan Children's Project and Chemo Comfort.